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ONLY ON 8: Skorkowsky talks achievements and challenges at CCSD ahead of address

LAS VEGAS - For the last time, CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky will deliver his State of the Schools address. He will address the education community from Legacy High at 8:30 a.m.

In the meantime, the search for Skorkowsky's replacement is underway ahead of his June retirement. 8 News NOW sat down with and spoke exclusively with Skorkowsky, and he has some words of advice for his successor.

"It's more about celebrating the great work that our administrators, our teachers, our support staff, our students have done," Skorkowsky said. 

During his speech, Skorkowsky is expected to highlight the good and the bad of his five-year tenure as the head of the fifth-largest school district in the nation.  Some points he's expected to express is the jump in the graduation rate, nationally recognized magnet schools, and improvements at Zoom and Victory schools.

"There are so many things to talk about," said Skorkowsky. "So much great work that we've really, really accomplished."

But, Skorkowsky is also aware that the next superintendent will inherit a number of problems, including some issues that have kept him up at night.

"School safety and right now we all think about that, Skorkowsky said. "I think that there's probably not anybody in this town that doesn't think about it."

According to Skorkowsky, addressing inappropriate teacher-student relationships also kept him up all night. Tackling the reorganization plan also wasn't an easy task

"It is not an easy job," Skorkowsky said. "It's; the governor said: its the most difficult job in the state of Nevada, and I believe that having lived it for five years."

Leading CCSD has been a major undertaking for Skorkowsky, and he says is it's all about finding a balance.

"Make sure that you balance your personal life with your work life because this job will consume you and if you don't find that balance early, you never will," Skorkowsky said.

So what will Skorkowsky do after he retires? 

He says he plans to stay in Las Vegas.


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